Shelton Defeats No. 72 Chidekh to Advance at ITA All-American Championship Finals

Shelton is the second Gator to make it in back-to-back finals at the ITA All-American tournament.

Share Facebook Button Twitter Button Email Button TULSA, Okla. – For the second straight ITA All-American Championships in a row, Florida sends a Gator to the finals as sophomore Ben Shelton delivered another two-set victory over a ranked opponent to win his semifinals match on Saturday, Oct. 9.

The Gainesville native went toe-to-toe with No. 72 Clement Chidekh of Washington in the first set as Shelton and the Husky traded games back-and-forth. The two semifinalists tied the first set at 3-all, until Shelton broke loose and won the next three games in a row to take the first set with a 6-3 score.

Shelton dominated the next set from start to finish as he never let Chidekh win a game. The Gator posted a bagel to clinch the match and move on the finals with a 6-0 second set score.

In Shelton’s five matches, he has only given up 28 games and boasts a perfect 10-0 set record.

The last time Florida sent a Gator to the finals was when senior Sam Riffice finished runner-up at the 2019 ITA All-American Championships. Florida has never had a student-athlete win the singles title of the tournament.

UP NEXT: Shelton is set to play No. 28 August Holmgren of San Diego in the finals tomorrow.

Main Draw Singles Results
No. 86 Ben Shelton def. No. 72 Clement Chidekh (Washington), 6-3, 6-0

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